The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Through The Struggle... Keep Going!

“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” - John F. Kennedy

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Struggle: “engage in conflict” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Sometimes we need to do what we don't want to do. Not everything we do will be fun or enjoyable. Some things will be dreaded. There are times when commitment is more important than comfort. Comfort brings less enjoyment than you think. A comfortable day often leads to a restless night. On the other hand, a day full of struggle often leads to a night of peace. Could it be the same with the entirety of our lives? That a life lived in comfort will leave us restless in the end? Or that a life of struggled perseverance will lead to a peace in heaven? Not everything in life will be beautiful. Not everything will be desired. But everything has a purpose. Every event is a stepping stone on a path towards what will be. What will be? What will be the purpose of all this? What will be the reason for our lives? What will be in the end? Peace with God I hope. However, there’s only one way to have peace with God. That is through His Son, Jesus Christ. That peace comes through struggle. Sometimes our struggle. Always Jesus’. The 40 days of fast in the wilderness was a struggle. God living a life of manhood… Struggle. The cross took a struggle. And so at times our lives will be a struggle too. Sometimes getting up in the morning won’t seem worth the time. Sometimes going to bed won’t seem worth the energy. There will be times when peace just won’t be. It will take a struggle. It’s the lot of humanity. To struggle. Every period of peace has had to be fought for. How ironic, that peace doesn’t come through peace, but most often through war. If we could only know love we would know no war. But we don’t know love. Not yet. Not in its entirety. Can you love someone like Hitler? Someone like a man who shoots up an elementary school? Someone like your own father perhaps? Love does. But we struggle because at the same time, the love in us wants to push away the evil that happens to us. Evil and love cannot coexist. And so our love is taken by the evil forced into our lives. Still we struggle to love. We struggle to hold onto the faith that one day we will love perfectly. We will see clearly. We will have peace. Right and wrong, good and evil, whatever the two opposites may be, the two cannot coexist. Not peacefully. And so we’re left with hopeful sayings, and optimistic stickers on our bumpers. All of which indicate our struggle. It’s discouraging we all know. But keep going. Keep pressing towards the Truth. Keep pushing to God. This life of struggle, like those days of hard work, will lead to a peace greater than we can summon. A love deeper than we can fathom. A Truth more real than we can imagine. It’s coming… Keep going!

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,


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